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That is right Declan, I am glad that at least you and I remember Sara Gomer.
i just loved both her game and her shy, laid-back personality so much. Her tour win at Aptos in 1988 is still up there if I had to make a list of my top 20 tennis moments.

And don't even get me started on Michelle Tyler! Good enough to reach 21 on the WTA rankings - she's be a household name in Britain on that alone, these days! - and with wins over Shriver, Austin and Billie Jean King (6-3 6-0!!!!)to her name, and then quickly gave it up by the age of 21 as she was fed up with the grind of the tour! A looker, too.
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i just loved both her game and her shy, laid-back personality so much. Her tour win at Aptos in 1988 is still up there if I had to make a list of my top 20 tennis moments.

And don't even get me started on Michelle Tyler! Good enough to reach 21 on the WTA rankings - she's be a household name in Britain on that alone, these days! - and with wins over Shriver, Austin and Billie Jean King (6-3 6-0!!!!)to her name, and then quickly gave it up by the age of 21 as she was fed up with the grind of the tour! A looker, too.
Man, I loved Michelle Tyler. I remember thinking she was destined for good things, and then she disappeared. The last I heard of her, I read in a magazine that she was working at Harrods in London!
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Man, I loved Michelle Tyler. I remember thinking she was destined for good things, and then she disappeared. The last I heard of her, I read in a magazine that she was working at Harrods in London!
She took a break from the tour and took a temporary job in the sports department at Harrods, and basically didn't go back!! There was a farewell interview in a British magazine that I may have kept-I'm going to look out my old tennis magazines this weekend. Basically I was never able to find out what happened to her until fairly recently until I saw that she had gotten married and still played tennis for her local club in Catford, South London. And yes, she really was destined for good things, but didn't really want it badly enough!
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i just loved both her game and her shy, laid-back personality so much. Her tour win at Aptos in 1988 is still up there if I had to make a list of my top 20 tennis moments.

And don't even get me started on Michelle Tyler! Good enough to reach 21 on the WTA rankings - she's be a household name in Britain on that alone, these days! - and with wins over Shriver, Austin and Billie Jean King (6-3 6-0!!!!)to her name, and then quickly gave it up by the age of 21 as she was fed up with the grind of the tour! A looker, too.
Yes I was converted to her the week I went to Eastbourne and she reached the under 21 final against Carling Bassett and lost 2 and 3 I think. She was such a fine player and that win over the final against Fairbank was great.
And Tyler had a brief but really excellent career. Those wins were fantastic and she was about the only player to beat BJK easily in 77 apart from Evert. And after beating Austin at Eastbourne she really gave Navratilova a hard match 75 63. Yes she was model material looks wise.
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She took a break from the tour and took a temporary job in the sports department at Harrods, and basically didn't go back!! There was a farewell interview in a British magazine that I may have kept-I'm going to look out my old tennis magazines this weekend. Basically I was never able to find out what happened to her until fairly recently until I saw that she had gotten married and still played tennis for her local club in Catford, South London. And yes, she really was destined for good things, but didn't really want it badly enough!
It is a real pity that she didnt keep going. I think the game in Britain would have benefited. She would definitely have made top 20 and while not quite as good as Barker she would have given her great support and taken the pressure of Barker a bit. Later on she would also have been a great support and pressure reliever for Jo Durie and Annabel Croft. I am sure she was better than Croft but not Durie.
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It is a real pity that she didnt keep going. I think the game in Britain would have benefited. She would definitely have made top 20 and while not quite as good as Barker she would have given her great support and taken the pressure of Barker a bit. Later on she would also have been a great support and pressure reliever for Jo Durie and Annabel Croft. I am sure she was better than Croft but not Durie.
Absolutely... everything you said there!
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Absolutely... everything you said there!
I just think it is sad for the game, nor for her though. I remember her being interviewed in 1984 before the Wightman Cup and she had no regrets at all about her decision to retire.
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I saw that she had gotten married and still played tennis for her local club in Catford, South London.
Really?. I was born in Catford and lived there till my teens, small world.
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Really?. I was born in Catford and lived there till my teens, small world.
If you were still there you could be her neighbour and have gotten her on this forum!!
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Was Michelle the one nicknamed "the statue" by the press. In Peter Bodo's book covering the tour in 1978 he realted how the Britisg press jumped all over Tyler for one minor quote about the grass courts.

Should we rename the thread Anne Hobbs and Michelle Tyler?
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Was Michelle the one nicknamed "the statue" by the press. In Peter Bodo's book covering the tour in 1978 he realted how the Britisg press jumped all over Tyler for one minor quote about the grass courts.

Should we rename the thread Anne Hobbs and Michelle Tyler?
Rollo that would be a good idea, mind you I am sure that Anne would be the one most people remember
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Don't know why I thought Hobbit was the last one who reached the top 50. She did have some good results in the early '90's, no? I seem to recall a good run at the U.S. Open or was that in the late 80's?

That's what she said!!!
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Don't know why I thought Hobbit was the last one who reached the top 50. She did have some good results in the early '90's, no? I seem to recall a good run at the U.S. Open or was that in the late 80's?
She retired in 1989, having missed most if not all of 1888. Yes, I think it was ALL.
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Don't know why I thought Hobbit was the last one who reached the top 50. She did have some good results in the early '90's, no? I seem to recall a good run at the U.S. Open or was that in the late 80's?
Really Anne' s career was over with the serious injuries she sustained in 1987 that prevented her playing the 88 season when she was the British number one. She played well at the US Open a number of times especially in 1987 when she reached the last 16 and lost-I think- to Sukova.
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She retired in 1989, having missed most if not all of 1888. Yes, I think it was ALL.
You are right Declan it was all. She didnt come back until the grass court season in 1989/
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